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Counselling Services

What is School Counselling @ MJR?

In Manjusri Secondary School, counselling is a collaborative process in which the counsellor facilitates the expansion of the Student’s view of life, enlarges his/her repertoire of social and emotional skills and coping resources, to make choices for change in himself or herself. Each counselling session is a teachable moment for facilitating social and emotional learning.

Provisions for Counselling Support

To provide counselling support for our students with social and emotional issues, our school has the following:

  • Counselling Referral System.
  • Counselling Team, comprising:
    • Allied Educators (Counselling)
    • Teacher-Counsellors
  • Counselling rooms located conveniently for our students.
Counselling Room 1 Counselling Room 1

Counselling Room 1

(ST-01-05, Level 1, Special Block)

Counselling Room 1
Counselling Room 2 Counselling Room 2
Counselling Room 2 (CS-01-02, Level 1, CCA Block) Counselling Room 2

Appointment and Referrals

School Counsellors are available from 0730 to 1600hrs on school days. On a typical day, mornings are reserved for outreach programmes, student interactions, briefings, workshops and handling of urgent cases. Scheduled counselling are by appointment.

Appointment Timings:

1300 - 1400 : Counselling Session 1 on Fridays only

1400 – 1500 : Counselling Session 2.

1500 – 1600 : Counselling Session 3.

In the event of an urgent case during school hours (Mondays to Fridays : 0700 to 1630 ), the counsellor assigned to the respective level can be reached at the follow locations and numbers:

Counselling Rm 1 Office: 68424558 Ext 116

Counselling Rm 2 Office: 68424558 Ext 119

Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Counselling

Our ECG Counsellor, Miss Kate, supports students (individually or in small groups) with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed decisions for a smoother transition to further education or work. 

Students who would like to explore more about subject choices, ask about post-secondary education options, or find out more about their career interests, strengths and passions can make an appointment to have a chat with her. 

Please email her at kate_choo_huey_xuan@moe.edu.sg

Please note that Miss Kate is at MJR once a week from 8am to 5.00pm on the following days each term. 

TERM (2018)ECG Counsellor's Availability in MJR
1Tuesdays
2Wednesdays
3 Thursdays
Mondays







24hrs Contact Numbers

Some useful 24hrs contact numbers provided by REACH (a mental healthcare service set up to work closely with schools) to help students with emotional, social and/or behavioural issues are as follows:

SOS : 1800 2214444

SAMH : 1800 2837019

SOS Contact SAMH contact REACH logo

Click here to see more contacts.

How can Counselling Help?

Through the counselling process, we will seek to discover, assess and understand the issues, problems and concern student are experiencing and to explore how we can address them effectively. Counselling utilize professional Knowledge and therapeutic skills as tools to achieve the counselling goals set jointly by both the student and the counsellor.

Counsellors are NOT here to:

• Analyse and interpret the student's situation

• Solve problems

• Tell students what to do

• Make students dependent on them

• Give a pep talk

Counsellors are here to:

• Explore difficulties

• Clarify Conflicting issues

• Discover alternative ways to manage situations

• Allow students to decide course of action that will help

• Help students help themselves

Click here to see Manjusrians' Experience in Counselling

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Responsive Services

The school counsellors responsive services are as follows:

  • Counsellors provide individual and small-group counselling to Students, and where appropriate, consult with relevant school personnel regarding students being counselled.

  • Work with families of Students being counselled, and conduct home visits.

  • Refer Students and their families to community resources for specialized assistance.

  • Provide regular feedback, within the boundaries of confidentiality to the school administration and teachers concerned on the work done with the Students being counselled.

  • Provide educational and career counselling to Students.

  • Counsellors also conduct Talkshops, Workshops and Parents’ consultation and talks.

Presenting Issues

Examples of counselling case are as follow:

• Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties (EBD)

• Anger Issues

• Grief / Loss

• Relationship Issues: Peers ,Boy-Girl, Family, Teachers

• School Refusal

• Truancy

• Abuse: Emotional, Physical, Sexual

• Anxiety Disorder

• Depression

• Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour

• Anti-Social Behaviour

• Bully

Parenting Tips

Here is what our students need: Love, Limits, and Letting go.

Many students experience the negative effects of excessive parental attention.Parents coddle teenagers and this may stifle their self-esteem and natural talents. As a result, students may grow up with a lack of confidence to face pressures in the real world.

An example of how parents can allow their children to develop decision-making skills is in the selection of subjects at the end of Secondary 2. Here is what we can practise.

Parents can encourage their Kid to do their own subject selection. Parents may want to ask their kids to seek clarification from their teachers and school counsellors. Be there to discuss the option and let them know that the choice they make should serve their needs. Tell them that secondary school is the time for them to continue to learn to pick themselves up when things go wrong, learn from the experience, and move on. As a parent, we can tell them that at their age, they need to take these opportunities to learn, grow, change and at the same time be mindful of the dangers and distractions in today’s world. Hence the need for LIMITS . Tell them how much you believe in them and LOVE them, and prove it by practising the art of LETTING GO . This does not mean going away; it means responding to their needs appropriately, respectfully and non-intrusively.

Love Limits Letting Go Diagram

Click here for a list of Recommended Books.

Useful Contacts

Organisation

Telephone Numbers

Operating Hours

Addiction Helplines

(gaming, gambling and general addiction)

Community Addiction Management programme (CAMP)

All Addictions Helpline

6-RECOVER (67326837)

Gambling Helplines

1800-X-GAMBLE

(1800-9-426253)

1800-6-668-668

Mon – Fri

(8.30 am to 6 pm)

Beyond Parental Control

6435 5107

Crisis Helpline

Samaritans of Singapore (SOS)

1800 221 4444

Daily (24-hour)

Children, Youth, Parents & Family

Audible Hearts

(Supported by HPB)

Family Service Centres

(National)

Parentline

Counselling and Care Centre

Shan you Counselling Centre

WINGS Counselling   Centre

Helpline for Mandarin Speakers

Care Corner 800

Mandarin Hotline

An anonymous online peer support network by youth for youth

1800 838 0100

6299 8811

6536 6366

6741 9293

6383 5745

1800 353 5800

Mon-Fri (9am to 5pm)




Mon-Fri (9am to 5pm)

Mon-Fri (9am to 5pm)

Mon-Fri (9am to 6pm)

Mon – Thur (8.30am to 5.30 pm)

Mon-Sun

(10am to 10pm)

Learning Challenges and Special Needs

Dyslexia Association for Singapore (DAS)

Society for the promotion of ADHD Research and Knowledge (SPARK)

Pregnancy Crisis Service

6339 9700

Psychiatric Help

Child Guidance Clinic (CGC)

Institute of Mental Health

Emergency Help Line

Mount Elizabeth Behavioural Health Services

Singapore Association for Mental Health Helpline

6435 2200

6435 3878

Fax: 65343677

6389 2222

1800 738 9595

1800 283 7019

Mon to Fri

(9am to 5pm)

Daily (24 hours)

Daily (24hours)

Mon to Fri

(9am to 6pm)

Manjusrians' Experience in Counselling

Below are the feedback shared by some ex- and current Manjusrians from different levels and streams on their experience in counselling (permission has been given by the students to publish their comments but names and class are not reflected due to confidentiality)

“I learn a lot from counselling. I learn to stretch and push myself and a lot of positive things.Counselling is actually not that painful experience. It helps students to express ourselves freely and easily“

“When I feel stress or unhappy, I need a person to talk to but every time I can’t find a person…but I heard from other people about counselling. After counselling, I feel better and have changed my life too”

“I will go counselling room if I have problems to say out my feeling… and it makes me feel better after a talk”

“Counselling helps me solve certain problems that can’t be solved by myself”

“A caring and unselfish counsellor who goes all the way to help me to get out of my darkness path and saved my life”

“Counselling makes me feel relaxed and relieved. It is a place where I can forget everything and know myself well”

“I feel relaxed because I’ve got someone to talk to and not fear other people will come to know about it”

“The school counselor is very good. She helps me a lot. Look for her if you need help.

“First time is kind of weird but after a few times, I find counselling to be helpful”

“Counselling works for me. After counselling, I tried out what the counsellor suggested and change happened”

“Counselling sometimes can be scary for me because I'm afraid of being judged after sharing my thoughts and feelings. However, after each session, I find counselling to be beneficial”

“I learned how to schedule my plans and change my attitudes. Can easily speak to the counsellor about heart problems, at least we don't need to keep our problems in our hearts. Sharing our thoughts and ideas are ok and good”

Recommended Books

(Books can be borrowed from the National Libraries or purchase from major bookstores. The list will be updated whenever there are new recommendations)

For Students :

  • How to take the grrr out of anger by Elizabeth Verdick & Marjoire Lisovskis

  • Good and Mad : Transform anger using mind, body, soul and humour by Jane Middelton-Moz, Lisa Tener & Peaco Todd

  • How to control your anger before it controls you by Albert Ellis

  • Fighting the invisible tigers : a stress management guide for teens by Earl Hipp

  • Loving what is : four questions that can change your life by Byron Katie

  • Question your thinking, change the world by Byron Katie

  • Change 101 : a practical guide to creating change in life or therapy by Bill O Hanlon

  • The hidden messages in water by Masaru Emoto & translated by David A Thayne

  • The last lecture by Randy Pausch

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

  • Change your mind, change your life by Gerald G Jampolsky M.D & Diane V Cirincione

  • Making the brain body connection : a playful guide to releasing mental, physical & emotional blocks to success by Sharon Promislow

  • Stress can really get on your nerves! by Trevor Romain & Elizabeth Verdick

  • The little book of coaching by Ken Blanchard

  • Do one thing different by Bill O Hanlon

  • The language of choice theory by William Glasser

For Parents :

  • Bully-proof your child by Lim Kok Kwang PhD

  • Do one thing different by Bill O Hanlon

  • Loving what is : four questions that can change your life by Byron Katie

  • Question your thinking, change the world by Byron Katie

  • Change 101 : a practical guide to creating change in life or therapy by Bill O Hanlon

  • The hidden messages in water by Masaru Emoto & translated by David A Thayne

  • Change your mind, change your life by Gerald G Jampolsky M.D & Diane V Cirincione

  • Making the brain body connection : a playful guide to releasing mental, physical & emotional blocks to success by Sharon Promislow

  • The don't sweat guide for parents : reduce stress and enjoy your kids more by the editors ofDon't Sweat Press

  • Don't sweat the small stuff for teens : simple ways to keep your cool in stressful times by Richard Carlson

  • Don't sweat the small stuff with your family : simple ways to keep daily responsibilities and household chaos from taking over your life by Richard Carlson

  • Don't sweat the small stuff at work by Richard Carlson

  • For parents and teenagers : dissolving the barrier between you and your teen by William Glasser

  • Raising a responsible child by Dr Don Dinkmeyer & Dr Gary D McKay

  • Take back your kids by William J Doterty PhD

  • Unhappy teenager : a way for teachers and parents to reach them by William Glasser

  • The language of choice theory by William Glasser

For Teachers :

  • Smart Moves : why learning is not all in your head by Carla Hannaford

  • Choice Theory in classroom by William Glasser

  • Unhappy teenager : a way for teachers and parents to reach them by William Glasser

  • Don't sweat the small stuff for teens : simple ways to keep your cool in stressful times by Richard Carlson

  • Don't sweat the small stuff at work by Richard Carlson

  • Do one thing different by Bill O Hanlon

  • Loving what is : four questions that can change your life by Byron Katie

  • Question your thinking, change the world by Byron Katie

  • Change 101 : a practical guide to creating change in life or therapy by Bill O Hanlon

  • The hidden messages in water by Masaru Emoto & translated by David A Thayne

  • Change your mind, change your life by Gerald G Jampolsky M.D & Diane V Cirincione

  • Making the brain body connection : a playful guide to releasing mental, physical & emotional blocks to success by Sharon Promislow

  • The language of choice theory by William Glasser

  • The Quality School by William Glasser

  • School without failure by William Glasser

  • The Quality School Teacher by William Glasser